EBook Extravaganza!!!!

I’m having a sale on some of my Ebook titles in September. The following titles will be FREE (yes sir, free!) on the dates below:

Valentine: Sept 1-Sept 3

Fortune’s Wing: Sept 7-Sept 9

 

Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored: Sept 14-Sept 16

If you’ve never read any of these books, this will be a great time to check them out. They will be available in Ebook form on Amazon, for Kindle or Kindle App. Thanks!

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Downtime

I have found myself in a familiar place, once again. I just completed another manuscript, finished all of the editing, and sent all the files to Create Space. Now, I’m just waiting for the email indicating everything is cool, and the book is ready for my review. So, I’ve got some downtime. How to spend it, how to spend it…

I have other books I’m working on, but I think I owe it to myself to take a little break from writing. I usually have a habit of jumping right into the next book, as soon as I finish one. This time, I’m going to put my writing aside, pick up my Fender, and get back to playing. I even cut my fingernails short so I could press down on the strings comfortably. I’m going to be in limbo within the upcoming weeks (I’ll explain this in a post next week, BTW) so I suppose it’s best not to get too involved in any serious writing projects right now. 

If anyone would like to share what they do during their downtime between books, please feel free to comment below. 

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Art Imitating Life

Some of us are born with a tremendous amount of creativity, and some of us are not. You can see it when you observe children playing: some children came literally create their own world simply by using their imagination. I used to watch my little sister play with her kitchen play set, or talk to Elmo, her favorite stuffed toy (sorry for embarrassing you right now, Danielle!). It was the cutest thing! The kitchen appliances weren’t real, and Elmo couldn’t talk back to her (that I know of), but to her, when she was playing, every bit of it was real.

I was one of those kids who wrote books for herself. I made up characters, and had them go on adventures. Sometimes, my stuffed animals were the characters in my stories. Of course, these stories were very simple. Years later, when I became older, I came up with more complex characters and stories.

The more I read, and the more I learned about writing, the more time I spent writing. I started writing books because I had trouble finding stories I really wanted to read. I came across too many cliché stories: boys and their dogs, friends realizing they both want to be more than friends, etc. Same stories, just different character names. I eventually found myself wanting to read a story about a girl who is a badass and knows how to handle a gun, so I wrote one (Valentine). I wanted to read a story about an introverted emo girl who finds the career of her dreams, working for a punk band, so I wrote that too (Novocaine). I guess you do end up writing what you want to read.

But something strange happened. I never wanted to read about myself (hell, I don’t even enjoy talking about my personal life). I did find myself writing about myself, which is odd because there’s nothing very interesting or extraordinary about me. However, when it came to some of my characters, I needed a few mundane details about their lives, and I guess my life just came in handy. 

Some of my characters and I have a few things in common. Valentine and I were both raised in a single-parent home, and we both know how to fire a gun. Amy Edwards, Dee Seybrook and I were born in New York, raised by single mothers, and did a ton of reading and writing in our youth (Amy and I both started school early). Many of my characters have absentee fathers (for me, ditto). Amy and I both play the guitar. Haverdy Oyama and I both have tomboy-ish ways. And then there’s Dylan Maycriss: the black female Goth chick. Yep. That’s me, too. 

Parts of my life can be found inside the first Our Lady book. While I was born in New York, I grew up in Hampton, Virginia. Without experiencing a New York High School first hand, I had to rely on two things: my experience at my high school , Bethel, and my mother’s experiences at Benjamin Cardozo High, the school Amy, Dee, Carmen, Vanessa, Mike, David and Rob all went to. I’ve never seen the inside of Dozo, so most of what is described in the story, is actually from Bethel High in Virginia. 

A major part of my life can be found in the book, Novocaine. This book is semi-autobiographical. Some of Erin’s experiences reflect my own. She spent a lot of time reading when she was in school, which is what I did. She lived with her mother in Hampton, Virginia, far away from extended family members, just like me. Sadly, she and her mother nearly lost everything when they moved to Georgia to be closer to Erin’s uncle, who claimed her had made a fantastic investment that was going to make all of them rich. I’d like to say that part was fictional, but it wasn’t. 

Erin has experienced homelessness, depression, and a rebirth, just as I did. I’d thought about writing about my experiences with my extended family for a very long time, but I wasn’t sure of where to start (because there is A LOT TO TELL, AND ALMOST ALL OF IT IS NEGATIVE). Instead of going into every horrible detail, I took two events involving my family and combined them into one, and used that one in Novocaine. 

Sometimes the truth, is very, very ugly.

My art, has imitated my life. If my extended family ever read my books, they may be upset. But hey: sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes the truth, is very, very ugly. That’s one of the amazing things about reading and writing. We find ourselves relating to certain stories, because we can see ourselves in those stories. Maybe the experiences reflect our own, or the characters remind us of ourselves. Art very often, imitates life. Now, life imitating art, that’s a different story….

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Monday Blog: Guest Blogger Ebunnygirl!

Welcome to a special edition of the Monday Blog! This week, guest blogger Ebunnygirl will be posting one of her WordPress blogs. Please enjoy, and you can find more of her posts on her WordPress page,  https://ebunnygirl.wordpress.com/

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Nicole Woolaston’s Spin-offs Are Worth Reading

I’ve never been a huge fan of spin-offs. Sometimes you find a really good TV show or book, and then someone decides to take a character or idea from it and create a second show or write a second book. The spin-off usually stinks. For example, I love the show “Criminal Minds”, but “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” kinda sucked.

As I have mentioned before, I’m a fan of indie authors, especially Nicole Woolaston. She’s the author of the Fortune’s Wing series, the Valentine series, and the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. BTW: I am not being compensated in any way, to post any of this. Woolaston’s books are unique, and completely different from any other books I’ve read. Once you pick one up and start reading, you’re going to have a hard time putting it down. I’ve read Valentine, and it’s one of my favorite books. When I discovered Woolaston was publishing a series of companion books for the Valentine series, I became curious. Normally, when I give a spin-off a try, I end up being uninterested and disappointed. But that wasn’t the case with the Valentine Apart series.

The Valentine Apart series focuses on characters APART from Valentine (the lead character) herself. The first is Allan and Mac, which is about the brother and sister duo who work as hitmen. It is HYSTERICAL! The casual conversations that take place between Allan and Mac when they’re in the middle of doing their job, are brilliant. Next, is Her Name is Lola Vencent, which give details about Lola’s life before she started working for John Rafferty, the primary villain in the Valentine series. Jo Fuentes: The Black Queen talks about one of my favorite characters, Jo Fuentes. She’s the Marine turned hitwoman from the regular series.

What makes these books so good, is the way they’re written. You can read them as companion books to the Valentine series, or you can read them separate and apart. The end of each book, however, ties into the regular series with such ease. If you’ve read the regular series (as I have) you find yourself thinking, Oh, I know what this is!  I remember that scene from one of the other books!

The companion books in the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series work the same way. You can read them along with the regular series, or read them alone. And, much like the Valentine Apart books, the stories and endings tie into the books from the regular series.

I think one of the reasons Woolaston’s spin-offs are so entertaining, is the way she chooses particular characters to focus on. Allan, Mac, Lola and Jo from Valentine were excellent choices for stand-alone books. Erin, Dee and Jon from Our Lady of Righteous Rage are characters we didn’t know a lot about, but their personal stories were interesting enough to make for good reading. The author is currently writing two more Valentine Apart books, and is planning to write another Our Lady book as well. I’m looking forward to reading all of them. If you’ve never read Woolaston’s books, you really should pick one up.

Nicole Woolaston can be found here on WordPress and on her website, www.woolastonentertainment.com

Thank you to Ebunnygirl for providing this week’s post!

Monday Blog: The Boys of Our Lady

 

 

 

We’ve arrived at the final blog post for the month of June. To close out one of this month’s themes, this one is all about the male characters in the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. I won’t lie: this is my favorite W.E. series, and I’ve sort of been looking forward to this post.

Our Lady follows Amy Edwards and friends as they start a business, a band, and try to keep up with both, while jumping over hurdle after hurdle. What sets this series apart from the others I’ve published so far, are the characters: they are anthropomorphic cats. However, when you’re reading the books in this series, you may find yourself completely ignoring that, and just enjoying the story. Another difference: stream of consciousness. Each chapter is narrated by a different character (think William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying). On the surface, that may sound confusing, but I can assure you it’s not. The chapters are short, and there aren’t that many characters to keep up with. So, let’s get to the boys, shall we? (SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!)

David Sarconi: He and Amy start out as friends, then they become boyfriend and girlfriend, then they get married. And then, it all changes. David tries to be passionate about music, but he just doesn’t seem to be his thing. On top of that, he doesn’t think it should be Amy’s thing, either. He’s also Nick’s cousin, and while the two start out just fine, David changes and begins to distance himself from his cousin.

Nicolas “Nick” Lianetti: Born in Sicily and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Nick is the lead singer and primary song writer for Our Lady of Righteous Rage. Music has been his passion since he was young. His father wasn’t around very much while he was growing up, but it helped shape him into a mature and responsible young man (or cat). He’s very even-tempered; he remains calm in situations that would send any other person into a rage (such as a cheating girlfriend…).

Aidan Sirci: Okay, I’ll just say it: Aidan is my favorite male character in the series. Life knocked him down more times than not, but he just keeps getting up. He’s generally cheerful and in a good mood, cracking jokes and making sarcastic remarks. He’s Nick’s best friend, and Amy’s non-biological big brother. Tall, blond, and green-eyed, most of the band’s female fans tend to gravitate to him, even though he’s deeply in love with his wife, Dee.

Rob Zickye: He’s half Scottish and half German, and the tallest member of the band (six foot five, btw). He’s been in love with Amy since they met in high school, but the two don’t get together until later on. Rob is a self-taught drummer, and can play nearly any song by ear. He’s also my second favorite, and another character who’s father wasn’t in the picture (a common theme in this series). He’s protective of his family, especially his older brother, who happens to be bipolar.

Mike Murnsen: Mike knows his way around audio and recording equipment. He’s been helping his father at his store since he was young, and when Our Lady opens a studio, he helps them produce their first album. Later, he becomes their manager.  He’s married to one of  the founding members of  the Urban Collective, Vanessa. The two of them constantly bounce ideas off one another. Mike is quiet, but he has no problem standing up for himself, or the band.

Jon Sarconi: Amy’s adopted son. He’s actually David’s younger cousin, and the two of them adopted him shortly after they got married. After their divorce, Amy had to fight to get custody of Jon. He idolizes his mother, and wants to be a rock star, just like her. The older he gets, the more assertive he becomes.

Next week is the first week of July, so it will be time for a new theme. I’m considering running 2 again. One of them will be New Fiction: I’m working on three new books, and my mother is working on one, too! If you’re an indie author and you’d like to share what you’re working on, please contact me. I’d love to post some info about you and your work! Until next week…

Monday Blog: The Ladies of “Our Lady”

 

Hello! Welcome to the first official blog post of the month of May! To kick off one of the two themes of the month, Female Character Month, I decided to start with the ladies of the Our Lady series. Her we go….

The Ladies of Our Lady of Righteous Rage

While there is a pretty long list of female characters in the Our Lady series, I’m going to focus on the most important ladies, who appear across nearly every book.

Amy Edwards: Amy is the lead character of the series, and she handles most of the narration.  She grew up in a single-parent home, with her two brothers and her sister. Raised in Bayside, in New York, Amy falls in love with Punk Rock when she receives a copy Green Day’s Dookie album. From there, she decides to learn to play the guitar. She and her friends start playing, and eventually form a band, Our Lady of Righteous Rage, named after a poem Amy wrote. She’s also a mother: she and ex-husband David Sarconi adopted his cousin Jon when he was little, and despite the divorce Amy and Jon are still extremely close.

Dee Seybrook: Amy’s best friend, and the wife of Our Lady’s bassist, Aidan Sirci. Dee is petite, but she has no problem standing up for herself, and refuses to be pushed around. She’s a singer, and a drummer; she discovers she has a natural talent for drumming and develops it very quickly.

Nyda Summit: Dee’s cousin, and Nick Lianetti’s wife. Nyda is soft-spoken and tall, and an artist. Photography is her passion, and she has even taken pictures of the members of Our Lady for their album covers.

Vanessa Vance: The woman with the plan. Vanessa comes up with the idea of running a business with her friends in high school. She’s the co-founder of the Urban Collective: the store she and her friends created in order to sell their books, music and artwork. Vanessa is ambitious and a handworker, and will do anything to help her business and her friends succeed.

Carmen Portez: Carmen went to school with Amy, Dee and Vanessa. She’s a talented painter, and she began selling her artwork while she was still in high school. She eventually opened her very own art studio, Portez Art Studio, where she shows her artwork, and the work of other local artists.

Erin Michaels: Erin goes from quiet girl who likes to read, to a Punk Rock/Emo chick with a passion for music. She meets the band, and begins to work for them, after a tragic experience with her family brings her and her mother to New York. She later becomes the band’s social media expert. She’s particularly fond of Amy, and thinks of her as a big sister.

Olivia Midkiff: One of Jon’s friends and a really talented drummer.  Olivia is upbeat and generally in a good mood. When Dee takes her under her wing, the two form a big sister-little sister relationship. Olivia is sometimes unsure of herself, but she’s learning to be more confident. 

 

I created all of these characters years before I wrote this series. I used bits and pieces of my personality, and my mother’s personality, when I developed them for the Our Lady series. There’s a lot of Mom in Dee and Nyda (especially Dee). Amy and Erin represent my punk rock side. One of the reasons Our Lady is written using stream of consciousness, is because I wanted to give watch character an opportunity to grow and change. You meet Amy, Dee, Nyda, Vanessa and Erin, as teens, and you get to watch them “grow up”, so to speak. And, it was important to have a female character in the lead role. Amy’s talents as a guitarist, song writer, and artist, reflect my personal belief that girls can do anything. She’s a challenge to the status quo.

If you haven’t read Our Lady of Righteous Rage, I hope you decided to pick it up and see what its all about. I think you’ll enjoy it. 

A little something from “Righteous”

I’m still working on Our Lady of Righteous Rage #4: Righteous. Here’s a little sample from Chapter 62. Enjoy!

           “Think about it,” Nick said. “If it wasn’t for Our Lady, would any of us visit Kansas City or Chicago? Albuquerque or Scottsdale? Would any of us even venture out this far? We were just kids in New York, learning to play guitars and writing songs here and there. Now look at us! We’re playing gigs across the country. We’re just a little indie punk band, and people in Arizona and California and Illinois actually want to pay to hear us play! How’d that happen?”

            We were silent. It made me think about where I was, just a few years ago. Graduating from high school. Moving around with Mom. Homeless and living in a hotel room. Then, working in a bookstore. Working at Urban Collective. Making friends with rock stars. How did that happen?

            “It happened because it was meant to,” Mike said, standing up from his chair. “I don’t want to get too religious and freak anyone out, but I believe there’s a plan for everyone. Call it God, or the Divine, or the universe, or whatever, but there’s a higher power out there, that creates a purpose for all of us. I didn’t really know what my purpose was, until you asked me to be your manager. I didn’t think I could do it. But you had faith in me, so I just put my best foot forward, and did what I thought was the right thing. We’re here, because we’re supposed to be here. You feel me?”